Travel insights from Jenna Buege, contributing editor of The Compass

U.S. Coastline Cruising

Home to some of the most popular cities in the U.S., the Atlantic and Pacific coasts make for wonderful vacation spots and are totally cruise friendly. So pack your bags and prepare to say “bon voyage” as you set sail for one of these fabulous domestic destinations.

Atlantic Coast

From sunny Florida to picturesque Maine, passengers who travel the Atlantic Coast will visit sleepy towns and famous cities, savor decedent seafood dishes of fresh lobster and clam chowder and enjoy stunning scenery along the way. Some of this route’s most iconic attractions include spooky Charleston, South Carolina; bustling New York City; historic Boston, MA; and Maine’s majestic Acadia National Park.

Here are some notable Atlantic Coast specialty cruises:

  • American Revolution Cruise – Want to retrace the steps of early U.S. colonists? You’re in luck as the Atlantic Coast is home to a variety of American Revolution cruises that depart from colorful Chesapeake Bay (insider tip: don’t forget to try the legendary fresh blue crab here for an unrivaled seafood experience). One such cruise is offered by American Cruise Lines with stops in colonial Williamsburg, historical Jamestown and the ever-presidential Washington, D.C. Best of all, American Cruise Lines works with Revolutionary War experts, authors and re-enactors on board and on shore.
  • The Great Rivers of Florida Cruise – Say so long to busy beaches in exchange for an adventure on Florida’s St. John’s River. A designated American Heritage River, travelers will encounter wild alligators, curious manatees and regal bald eagles in their natural habitat on this exciting expedition from American Cruise Lines. Along the way, cruisers will dock in notable cities like St. Augustine and Amelia Island for charming fun.

Pacific Coast

California, Oregon and Washington, there’s a lot to see on the scenic passage that is the Pacific Coast. Here travelers will motor past marvelous cities and places such as star-studded Los Angeles; artsy San Francisco; java-brewing Seattle; and scenic Astoria.

Don’t miss these great specialty cruises on the Pacific Coast–

  • Wine Country Cruising – Calling all oenophiles, Princess Cruises offers a 7-day Pacific Wine Country cruise that you won’t want to miss. On this adventure, cruisers will sip wine straight from the source as they explore tasting rooms in Santa Barbara and learn the best way to swirl Napa’s world-famous reds from experts in the field. Winos will depart from Los Angeles and drink their way through several ports of call such as San Francisco, Astoria and even British Columbia.
  • California Dreamin’ – Princess Cruises also offers a variety of cruises for travelers looking to live out their California dreams like the Classic California Coast package and West Coast Getaways. On the Classic California Coast cruise, travelers will depart on a roundtrip journey from Los Angeles to Vancouver where they will admire the impressive shoreline and marvel at architectural wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge. This trip also makes a pit stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where cruisers can quite literally walk in the footsteps of Hollywood’s best. Princess Cruises’ West Coast Getaways option focuses on showing cruisers the lesser-known areas of the Pacific Coast. Travelers will spend time in sleepy harbors, explore the history and charm of famous cities like San Diego and discover the beauty of Santa Barbara, aka the “American Riviera.”

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